May 26, 2010
After fifteen years of daily study of Talmud and using a digitized searchable database containing both Talmuds and all the classic collections of Midrash, and twelve years of researching claims about references to Christians and Jesus in Talmud, I can state that Herford fails to prove anything he says.
First he admits his debt to Heinrich Laible, who also fails to prove any of his assertions and fails to see the fallacies in what he writes.
Second, Herford cites to texts that fail to coordinate with his thesis because they contain no words relative to what he is talking about. This starts from page one of his assertions about minim where he tries to claim that Gehazi is a reference to Paul. The texts he uses can only be construed to refer to Paul by somebody who already believes it, and Herford offers no evidence from Jewish classics or from external evidence that his claim is accurate.
Finally, his claim that minim are Christians make no sense. In one, the minim are depicted as arguing against a doctrine that is fundamental to Christianity, the resurrection. Further, they reject scriptural authority for it. Either Christians accept resurrection and its scriptural basis, or they admit there is no scriptural basis for their doctrine, or they do not believe in the resurrection, if they are the minim referred to in this paragraph.
Once you eliminate everything from Herford's work that is based on bare assertions, circular logic supporting what he already believes, and nonsense, the book is empty.